"'robust and driven', Lucinda is 'a real rising star'"

Chambers UK

Lucinda Harris

Year of Call: 2004

"'robust and driven', Lucinda is 'a real rising star'"

Chambers UK

Lucinda Harris

Year of Call: 2004

"'robust and driven', Lucinda is 'a real rising star'"

Chambers UK

Lucinda Harris

Year of Call: 2004

Lucinda Harris

"'robust and driven', Lucinda is 'a real rising star'"

Chambers UK

Lucinda Harris

Year of Call: 2004

Lucinda is rapidly building a client-friendly reputation in the complementary fields of employment, insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence and personal injury.  She is recognised by Chambers UK as a leading employment junior and is described as "robust and driven" and "a real rising star".  Lucinda has appeared in courts and tribunals at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal, both on her own and with a leader.  In 2010 she was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel) and was admitted to the New York State Bar. 

  • Recommendations

    Acts for high-profile employers from both the public and private sectors, including large hospitality clients and influential banking institutions. She has a wide employment practice, offering expert advice on unfair dismissal and discrimination issues, among other areas. "She is really good and has a great reputation." Successfully represented British Airways in its defence of an unfair dismissal claim brought by an air hostess who turned up to work drunk. - Employment, Chambers UK 2018

    Continues to act for high-profile employers from both the public and private sectors, including large hospitality clients and influential banking institutions. She has a wide employment practice, offering expert advice on TUPE, discrimination and wrongful dismissal issues, among other areas. "Gets up to speed with cases quickly and can build up a rapport with witnesses and clients.- Employment, Chambers UK 2017

    Well known for her work on discrimination and employment matters, she is noted for her penetrating cross-examinations. She acts for both public and private organisations, and has represented a number of household names. - Employment, Chambers UK 2016

    Has a thriving employment practice and is considered by one impressed interviewee to be one of the better barristers the set has to offer. She is particularly adept at advising on discrimination cases and has written widely on the subject. Her clients include market-leading firms and brand-name multinationals. Expertise: "She's brilliant, her written work is very good and she is personable and good with clients." - Employment, Chambers UK 2015

    Lucinda was recommended as a leading junior in Employment Law by Chambers UK, 2012: 

    "Robust and driven"

    "A real rising star"

    She "has notable expertise on discrimination matters" and "is a smart cross-examiner who is great with clients."

  • Employment

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    Lucinda practises in all areas of employment law including discrimination, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants and breach of confidence, wrongful and unfair dismissal (including redundancy), TUPE, national minimum wage, working time and jurisdictional issues. She acts for claimants and respondents and her clients include FTSE 100 companies, banks, insurance companies, high street chains, airlines, charities and a wide range of public and private sector clients and private individuals, as well as governmental departments and agencies.

     Lucinda regularly appears in Employment Tribunals throughout the UK and has represented clients in the EAT, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

    Her recent work includes:

    • O’Cathail v Transport for London, CA [2013] EWCA Civ 21:represented the respondent in an appeal concerning the test to be applied by tribunals when considering applications for adjournments on ill-health grounds, and also the test to be applied by the appeal tribunal when determining whether to interfere with the decision of the lower court to grant or refuse an application for an adjournment.  Lucinda was led by Peter Edwards.
    • O’Cathail v Transport for London, CA [2012] EWCA Civ 1004: represented the respondent in an appeal concerning the EAT’s jurisdiction to extend the 42 day time limit for appealing against a Tribunal’s judgment.  Lucinda appeared in the Court of Appeal without a leader. 
    • P v I (2012): represented the respondent, an international financial company, in a multi-day tribunal claim for constructive dismissal and indirect sex discrimination arising out of a flexible working request. 
    • X & Ors v P & Ors (2011):  instructed to represent the respondent in a five week race and victimisation claim brought by six claimants.  The claim has been stayed pending the outcome of a High Court action.  Lucinda is being led by Peter Edwards. 
    • A Bank v P (2011):  acted for the claimant bank in a High Court claim for delivery up and an injunction restraining a former employee from divulging confidential information.
    • Dr O v London Deanery & Ors (2011): represented the respondents in a complex race discrimination and victimisation claim listed for 11 days.  The case involved obtaining a deposit order and dismissal of the proceedings at the outset of the full merits hearing on grounds of the claimant's non-compliance.
    • X v Y (2010): advised a former senior partner of a city law firm in his claims for disability discrimination and whistleblowing in the Employment Tribunal and as well as a claim in the High Court for personal injury arising out of stress at work.
    • Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Ors v Eioyaccu (2009) UKEAT/0023/09/SM: represented the appellant in an appeal against a finding of unfair dismissal and no reduction for contributory fault.
  • Personal Injury

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    Lucinda advises and acts for claimants and defendants in a wide variety of personal injury claims, including industrial and workplace injuries, road traffic accidents, tripping claims, accidents on the public highway, occupier's liability and defective premises claims, as well as CICB and MIB claims (traced and untraced).  She has also represented families at a number of inquests and is willing to act on a pro bono basis or at a reduced rate for those of limited means.

    Lucinda's work includes drafting pleadings and schedules of loss, and advising on liability, evidence and the quantum of general and special damages. She has experience of fast track and multi track litigation (pre-trial applications and substantive hearings).

    Her recent work includes:

    • Acting for the claimant in a complicated stress at work claim, brought by the wife of a man who had committed suicide as a result of stress at work. Lucinda represented the family at the inquest and was led by Robert Glancy QC in the subsequent High Court action (the claim settled before trial)
    • Being led by Robert Weir QC in a couple cases involving catastrophic injuries
    • Representing the defendant at an interim payment application
    • Advising the claimant in relation to his claim arising out of an accident at work which occurred in Libya. The claim involved complicated jurisdictional and contractual issues
    • Advising one of the defendants to an assault claim in which the claimant allegedly sustained severe psychiatric injuries in addition to physical injuries
    • Representing a family at an inquest where the deceased was the victim of an RTA and then received negligent emergency care by the hospital treating him. The coroner gave a narrative verdict, recording that death was a probable consequence of the initial accident and that the hospital’s negligence had then rendered it a virtual certainty
    • Representing a family at an inquest where the deceased had been crushed to death at work by a forklift truck driven by one of his colleagues
  • Commercial Litigation

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    Lucinda has experience in a wide range of commercial matters, with a particular interest in insurance and reinsurance, commercial contractual disputes, and professional negligence. As a pupil Lucinda worked alongside Colin Wynter QC in a number of international insurance and reinsurance disputes, including Brit Syndicates Limited & Others v Italaudit SpA  and Grant Thornton International [2006] EWHC 341 (construction, breach of warranty, avoidance).  In 2007-2008 she was Judicial Assistant to Mr Justice Aikens (now Lord Justice Aikens) in the Commercial Court.

  • Professional Negligence

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    Lucinda is developing a professional negligence practice and accepts instructions in all areas of professional negligence work.  She has particular expertise in solicitors' negligence claims where the underlying claim relates to employment or personal injury due to the cross over with her practice in both these areas. 

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

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    Lucinda is developing an insurance practice and accepts instructions in all areas of insurance work.  As a pupil she worked alongside Colin Wynter QC in a number of international insurance and reinsurance disputes, including Brit Syndicates Limited & Others v Italaudit SpA and Grant Thornton International [2006] EWHC 341 (construction, breach of warranty, avoidance).  She has experience of a wide range of commercial matters and was Judicial Assistant to Mr Justice Aikens (now Lord Justice Aikens) in the Commercial Court in 2007-2008. 

  • Regulatory & Professional Discipline

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    Lucinda is developing her practice in professional regulatory work and has appeared on behalf of the General Dental Council. She has also recently been instructed as a junior on behalf of the Bar Standards Board.  

  • Additional Information

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    2004 - Whilst at Harvard Lucinda worked on the amicus curiae brief for the class action (sex discrimination) brought by 1.6 million plaintiffs against Wal-Mart.

    July-Sept 2002 - Lucinda was an intern at the Capital Appeals Project, New Orleans, Louisiana (death penalty appeals)

Appointments

Admitted to the New York State Bar in 2010.

Appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (C Panel) in 2010. 

Member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Approved Counsel since 2011.

Judicial Assistant to Mr Justice Aikens (now Lord Justice Aikens) in the Commercial Court (2007-2008).

Memberships and Associations

APIL, BILA, COMBAR, ELA, ELBA, LCLCBA, PIBA, PNBA

Awards and Scholarships

Education

2005 - Passed the New York State Bar Exams

2004-2005 - LLM, Harvard Law School

2003-2004 - Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law

2000-2003 - MA Hons. (First Class),  Downing College, Cambridge University